Beer with caramel taste

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  1. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    I'm a big stout and IPA fan, but Iv'e been wanting to try some beers with more caramel flavor. Any suggestions? Specific beers or styles.
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  2. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (391) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout comes to mind, although it tends to be a love it or hate it affair.
  3. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I'd go with traditional brown ales.. English or American.. it's 2013 and brown ales are still so underappreciated:slight_frown:
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  4. RPH2327

    RPH2327 Disciple (319) Dec 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Bell's Third Coast Old Ale.
  5. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    Yea Ive had Creme Brulee. Its like drinking desert. Really good but filling.
  6. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,413) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    SN Bigfoot has some great caramel malt
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I'd also recommend "Scotch Ales".. especially Dark Horse Scotty Karate.. soo good..
  8. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Massachusetts
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    BA batch 9000!!
  9. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I agree with the Scotch Ales and think BB4D is pretty carmel-y myself.
  10. mdvatab

    mdvatab Zealot (574) Apr 5, 2006 Indiana

  11. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Saranac made a Caramel Porter.
  12. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

  13. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,800) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Saranac Caramel Porter

    Go to the Beers page and search caramel. It will list the beers with caramel in the name.
    I am willing to bet if caramel is in the name of the beer, some caramel taste will be there as well.
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  14. haschauer

    haschauer Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Wisconsin

    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice is one of my favs
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  15. NorthBeachBrewCo

    NorthBeachBrewCo Initiate (0) May 20, 2011 California

    Inversion IPA from Deschutes. That stuff totally has a caramel to it. It has a 'wort' flavor in it as well, as if they reinfuse wort post fermentation which adds that slightly toasted caramel flavor to the palate. Tastes more like homebrew than anything other commercial brew i know of. they must be doing something to it...does any one know?
  16. AdamP

    AdamP Devotee (460) Mar 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    LOL, I think a $30+ bottle may be pushing it if OP is just trying to get their feet wet in a new style. Scotch ales are a good recommendation... quite a few barleywines feature caramel malts in their grain bill as well. If you like IPAs, I'd definitely recommend checking out hoppy ambers like Troegs Nugget Nectar, Maine Beer Co's Zoe, or especially imperials like Lagunitas Lucky 13 when it's available.
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  17. scud

    scud Aspirant (200) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    Greenbush Delusion is loaded with caramel/butterscotch flavor. It's amazing
  18. schlimenhaumer

    schlimenhaumer Devotee (426) Aug 11, 2010 New York

    Ayinger Celebrator has some delicious caramel notes. Other doppelbocks might fit the bill as well.
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  19. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Had a bad keg of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon recently that tasted like sour caramel...and not in a good way. I sent it back.
  20. GrumpyOldTroll

    GrumpyOldTroll Initiate (0) May 5, 2012 New Jersey

    Obviously this one isn't easy to find or obtain (an understatement), but Sam Adams Millennium tastes like liquid caramel.

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  21. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Just finished a BA 4D by Kuhnhenn and it had a lot of caramel flavors. It was excellent.
  22. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    Founders Backwoods Bastard. great scotch ale very complex with hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel taste imo. one of my favorite beers
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  23. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    It looks like liquid caramel too!
  24. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    Some styles that come to mind: Old Ale, English Barleywine, Wee-heavy, English Strong Ale. I've also picked up some caramel notes in vienna lagers and marzens before.
  25. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

  26. Shagator

    Shagator Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    Love the Avatar. I remember when my wife showed me that for the first time
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  27. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (889) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    Founders dirty bastard
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  28. spitshaded

    spitshaded Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 Virginia

    I remembered getting some caramel from Founders Curmudgeon & Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo.
  29. VegasBeerMan

    VegasBeerMan Initiate (11) Jul 28, 2007 Nevada

    Firestone Walker Double DBA
  30. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    For easy to find, Fat Tire is loaded with caramel flavor.
  31. Dajtai007

    Dajtai007 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2009 Texas

    Again, not easy to obtain but Wooden Hell has tons of caramel deliciousness!
  32. Hash

    Hash Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Pennsylvania

    For great caramel flavors try the Scotch Ales as mentioned by others in this post -- the process of making that style creates toffee notes from caramelizing the malt. And I agree with williamjbauer -- try getting your malty caramel fill from Founders Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah.
  33. Harlequin

    Harlequin Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2005 Washington

    Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas ale
  34. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I just stared at this for a few minutes and convinced myself I need it... ISO!! FT: Werther's Original Hard Candies...
  35. ediaz

    ediaz Aspirant (211) Nov 23, 2011 Florida
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  36. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    Pretty much anything aged in a brandy barrel has developed caramel notes in my experiences. Also, barrel aged barley wines hit caramel notes for me a large percentage of the time. The founders mentions above were pretty spot on.
  37. mkennedy119

    mkennedy119 Devotee (456) Nov 13, 2011 Illinois
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    Anchor Old Foghorn
  38. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (416) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    This could be the biggest understatement of all time
  39. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    I'd also add in Troegs Troegenator...and even Spaten Optimator.
  40. EdelweissDad

    EdelweissDad Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Georgia

    The malt spectrum of syrup to caramel to vanilla tends to predominantly consist in brown ales, scottish ales, and barleywines. Obviously, brewers can do whatever they want--but generally speaking, I'd search out some good beers within those styles. Also (just my opinion) don't go with beers that say "caramel" or "vanilla" on them. Most of them use exorbitant amount of adjuncts to try and achieve that flavor--but they tend to go overboard, resulting in an overly sweet beer (again, my opinion). Instead, look for a beer that already has that natural malt complex. I think you'll enjoy the subtleties of a sweetness that's intrinsic to any given malt more so than the overt sweetness of added flavors.
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